Ski holidays France: discover what the slopes are like in the age of Covid


Good snowfall in the Three Valleys with 190cm of snow on the upper slopes of Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens. Val d’Isere has 180cm, while Les Deux Alpes has a decent 150cm. Argentiere and Alpe d’Huez also look good.

Booster shots are mandatory for anyone aged 18-64 who has been fully vaccinated for seven months. Pass sanitary (Covid passes) are required for elevators; available to children with a double shot or they have to do daily lateral flow tests. Wear masks on elevators.


Nearly all ski lifts are open in the Austrian resort of Obergurgl, pictured

Nearly all ski lifts are open in the Austrian resort of Obergurgl, pictured

Almost all lifts open in Obergurgl, where the top slopes are 180 cm. Lech and Kaprun also started well. St Anton has a top of 175cm.

Must have had a booster shot and show evidence of a negative test taken before travel. Children under 12 years exempt. Unvaccinated children aged 12-15 can get special ski passes. Masks required on elevators. ‘No après-ski for the time being’.


Decent coverage in Cervinia in the Valle d’Aosta with a top piste snow depth of 100cm, but less snow in the Dolomites.

Must show that you are fully vaccinated and have a recent negative test (children under six exempt). New rules in Italian ski resorts state that you must have full winter sports insurance or you will be fined £125. For ski lifts, bars and restaurants you must be fully vaccinated (NHS app accepted).


A ski lift at Verbier.  The Swiss resort has 105 cm of snow on the upper slopes

A ski lift at Verbier. The Swiss resort has 105 cm of snow on the upper slopes

Saas-Fee has an excellent 200cm on top slopes, while Verbier has a reasonable 105cm. Klosters and Davos both report 112cm.

Must be fully vaccinated and tested negative for Covid. NHS app proof of double vaccination accepted for entering bars/restaurants and for ski lifts where masks must be worn. Children under the age of 18 traveling with vaccinated parents are expected to ‘mirror’ their vaccination status.


Both are doing well, especially Baqueira-Beret in the Pyrenees with snow depths ranging from 170cm on lower slopes to 275cm at the top. Andorra’s Pas de la Casa has 90cm-170cm.

Anyone 12 years and older must be fully vaccinated to visit; under the age of 12 exempt. Masks required on lifts and proof of vaccination (NHS Covid app accepted) for bars and restaurants.


There are 'generally good conditions' in the Canadian resort of Lake Louise, pictured

There are ‘generally good conditions’ in the Canadian resort of Lake Louise, pictured

Good conditions overall with Lake Louise and Banff in Canada getting off to a good start while Whistler, after a slow start, now has 256cm on top slopes. Deep snow in the US at Mammoth, Squaw Valley, Snowbird and Timberline.

Canada and the US require proof that they have been fully vaccinated and have taken a negative Covid test before travelling. Rules for wearing masks and rules for entering bars/restaurants and taking elevators vary between states and provinces. However, if you have met the requirements to enter the countries, you should be fine.


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